June 9, 2005


The remarkable hostility of George W. Bush towards Gordon Brown (Peter Oborne, 6/11/05, The Spectator)

George Bush did his best for Tony Blair this week in Washington. He is extremely fond of the British Prime Minister, and the real venom is felt towards Gordon Brown. The Chancellor badly upset the White House when he tried to railroad Condoleezza Rice over Africa at a meeting in the British Foreign Office on 4 February. According to well-placed sources, he treated Rice with the same contempt that he normally hands out to Cabinet colleagues. Afterwards the Americans briefed that Brown’s financing plan was poorly thought through and would ‘be forgotten within a year’.

Well-informed sources say that President Bush is proud of what he has done for Africa, and is ‘affronted by the way Gordon Brown is trying to get cheap publicity ahead of the G8’. The US President may well have spent a portion of his private meeting with Tony Blair this week urging the British Prime Minister to remain in power as long as possible. Meanwhile the volume of private briefing against the Chancellor from within the White House is remarkable by any standards.

It'd be helpful for Mr. Brown to recognize that even when he's PM he'll be less powerful than Condi.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2005 2:08 PM

About time we had a President who knows how to treat foreign dignitaries that dis the US.

You let them smell your (our) fist, not grovel to them, like Albright did.

Posted by: fred at June 9, 2005 3:06 PM
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